On Monday July 31, 2017, Ellucian issued a press release signaling two significant changes in executive management. First, Jeff Ray, CEO since October 2014, is no longer at the helm. When Jeff Ray was appointed to the position, according to the company’s press release, he was tasked with customer success and driving product innovation.
The lack of an immediate successor may be an indicator that the decision was unanticipated. Ray may have made the decision or the board may have made it for him. Either way, board member Peter Sinisgalli is stepping in to lead the company while a successor is recruited.
Note also that the same press release includes a replacement for product leadership, bringing in Namita Dhallan as Chief Product Officer.
Customers may benefit from a change in leadership. A new leader will likely bring sweeping changes throughout the organization. The mission will be clear. Drive customer success and innovate.
The forced upgrade to Banner 9 has ‘bought’ Ellucian some time to focus on customer success. The customer base was forced into a difficult, and immediate, decision with little warning. Described by some as “Upgrade by Gunpoint” the mammoth Banner customer base had three options, and minimal time to strategize.
The Ellucian giant is clearly responding to market pressures, strong competition, and technology innovations. Bold moves are important and deserve to be watched closely.
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